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US President Joe Biden is issuing sanctions against Myanmar’s military regime after it staged a coup which saw the country’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi placed under arrest along with other senior members of the National League for Democracy.

The executive order will prevent Myanmar’s generals from accessing US $1 billion in assets in the US while keeping support for health care programs, civil society groups and other areas that benefit the country’s people. Biden says more measures will follow soon.

“The military must relinquish power it seized and demonstrate respect for the will of the people of Burma. The people of Burma are making their voices heard, and the world is watching. We’ll be ready to impose additional measures and we’ll continue to work with our international partners to urge other nations to join us in these efforts.”

The military attributed the coup to the government’s failure to act on unsubstantiated allegations of widespread voter fraud as part of the reason for the takeover and declaration of a 1 year state of emergency. The generals maintain the actions are legally justified, and have cited an article in the constitution that allows the military to take over in times of emergency.

But Suu Kyi’s party says it’s effectively a coup, with the Biden administration also agreeing. This isn’t the first time that the US has imposed sanctions as many of the military leaders in Myanmar are already under the restrictions due to attacks against the Muslim Rohingya minority in which Suu Kyi was under criticism for allegedly having a hand in the discrimination.

The US first imposed sanctions in 1998 after the military violently suppressed a protest, and were tightened over the decades to follow as Washington deemed the military was violating human rights. The restrictions were then eased slowly after the release of Suu Kyi from house arrest in 2010. Former US President Donald Trump then issued new sanctions against the military over the executions of Rohingya Muslims in 2019.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters shortly before Biden’s announcement that “there’s certainly a recognition that this will need to be a coordinated effort” with the international community to enact change in Myanmar.

The U. N. Human Rights Council was set to hold a special session on Myanmar on Thursday. Meanwhile a military commander has penned a letter to Thailand’s PM Prayut Chan-o-cha detailing the reasoning for the coup and asking for support of the country’s democracy. Prayut has essentially responded by saying he always supports democracy, but that it is an internal issue and will leave it up to the governing bodies.

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    Stardust

    Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 12:46 pm

    Yes and with a alliance with most powerful alliances of the world. By the UN is also a meeting with 47 countries and Thailand is on the radar on this meeting too!

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      Issan John

      Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 2:24 pm

      What “alliance” is that?

      … and what UN meeting?

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        Singharacha

        Friday, February 12, 2021 at 11:34 pm

        Yes!

        First of all, it’s interference in a sovereign and independent country.

        That’s rich coming from USA, the greatest imperialist and neocolonialist power of all time.

        It’s rather ironic for the USA to urge anyone to “adhere to democratic norms” after disputed election results given recent events in the USA.

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    Ian

    Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 3:27 pm

    Your not in the loop ij so go hide in your hut and criticise everything the west does you fool 555

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      Issan John

      Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 6:35 pm

      Ian, if you were “in the loop” you’d know that the “alliance” Stardust is talking about (his imaginary Indo Pacific alliance) doesn’t exist.

      But you’re not.

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    Stardust

    Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 7:13 pm

    Issan John is again spreading fake news! He said there is no indo pacific alliance and no Nato and no eu. Go back to your moms shop and watch the ricefields!

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    Jim kelly

    Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 8:51 pm

    These Burma military boyos are all in cahoots with “Smiler Chan-o-Cha!!” SAME SAME!! They know how to pull a trigger and kill folk but, ‘run a country?!!’ You’re ‘avin a laff!! Rubber Johnnie from ISSAN appears to be getting a lot of ‘flack’ of late!!

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    sam

    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 12:30 am

    USA is never shy from imposing unilateral sanctions on countries that do not uphold democracy and freedom. Its own democracy is on shaky ground.Myanmar had faced such sanctions for decades,just like North Korea,Cuba,Venezuela and other countries alike.However.it will never bring peace or democracy back to those countries.

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      Randy

      Friday, February 12, 2021 at 4:03 pm

      Agreed…bloody busybody and shameless US politician like they own the world… Can’t even handle own backyard….setting bad precedent and trying to uphold democracy outside… Somebody, some where has to tell them go F.Themselves….Shameless people…mouth is bigger than the brain…disgusting Pigs…. That’s what they are…really..

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    Ian

    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    Randy your obviously not western with how you write and dont know what a free world is ,so you agree with what’s happened in Myanmar and agree that you cannot say anything bad against your government and monarchy well thats another one lost his mind and morals

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      Randy

      Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 4:16 pm

      No..I am not western and I don’t want to be western…but I live in a free country also live in western countries before…I do not agreed to what the military does in Myanmar..either….but you have united nations there….let them do the talking and negoiation…and action….who are we act like a world policeman.Taking decision as and when you like , creating division…without consulting UN…..What is UN there for ? Is UN irrelevant as a world body….

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    Gosport

    Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 11:34 am

    It has right to impose sanctions, it has right to lock her up.

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    Arun

    Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    USA not likes Myanmar military doing something about rigged elections and their leadership obeying foreign interests. Because Myanmar Generals could fix something where the US gennerals prove themself impotent.
    Funny.

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Myanmar’s representative to UN urges strong action against military after increasing violence against protesters

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A representative to the UN for Myanmar is urging the “strongest action to be used against the military after it has used increasing amounts of violence against anti‐coup protesters. The latest round in violence occurred as riot police violently broke up peaceful protesters, arresting over 100 people in 3 major Myanmar cities.

Kyaw Moe Tun made the appeal to the UN General Assembly in New York asking for the international community to end the junta’s rule in his country, while displaying the 3 finger salute that has been adopted from the Hunger Games as a symbol of resistance from anti‐coup supporters.

“We need… the strongest possible action from the international community to immediately end the military coup, to stop oppressing the innocent people, to return the state power to the people, and to restore the democracy.”

Former UN ambassador for the US, Samantha Power, also tweeted her support for the movement.

“It’s impossible to overstate the risks that #Myanmar UN ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun just took in the UN General Assembly.”

UN envoy to Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, also agreed saying the use of lethal force against protesters was “unacceptable.”

So far, at least 5 people have been killed since the overthrow, which has seen police open fire on protesters. Thandar Cho, a street food vendor, says she saw police point their guns in a threatening manner towards apartments during the rallies.

“They beat young protesters with rods and cursed them while doing it.”

A Japanese journalist, Yuki Kitazumi, was also allegedly arrested according to a Facebook post by his assistant, Linn Nyan Htun, during the crackdown.

He “was beaten on the head by baton but he was wearing a helmet.”

The military has justified the coup by alleging that the 2020 November democratic elections, which saw Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy elected by landslide, were fraudulent.

Suu Kyi was arrested, along with other leaders, and is now facing 2 charges of illegally posessing walkie-talkies in her home and for breaking Covid-19 rules. But her lawyer, Khing Maung Zaw, is concerned as he has still not made contact with her, saying it is dire to get her permission for him to represent her in court.

“It’s very important to get her signed power of attorney before the hearing starts on March 1 because we won’t be allowed to act as her defence counsels if we cannot file (it).”

“Then Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will be rid of her right of fair trial without a legal counsel.”

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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Japan may stop assistance projects to Myanmar in response to coup

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Japan may stop assistance projects to Myanmar in response to the military coup, which has received major international backlash. As a major donor to Myanmar, Japan joins other advanced nations in condemning the coup which has seen security forces using violence against peaceful protesters.

Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi was quoted as saying in a phone call that “Japan will strongly urge the Myanmar military to release Suu Kyi and other detained individuals, and to swiftly restore democratic government.”

But it may not impose sanctions like the rest of the other developed countries as its longtime ties with the armed forces, ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy and investment promoting policy in the country may serve as a barrier in doing so. Britan and the United States have imposed sanctions in recent days which include the US freezing military funds.

A Japanese Foreign Ministry official says stopping its support of building projects would give China a chance to move in, increasing its clout in Myanmar. Around 450 Japanese companies operate in Myanmar with Japan being the 5th largest investor in the Southeast nation. Singapore has the most companies, followed by China, Hong Kong and Vietnam.

The Foreign Ministry says Japan spent about US $1.8 billion in official development assistance in the fiscal year of 2019, making it the largest among the Development Assistance Committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. But it is unknown what China has poured into it as it has refused to disclose its expenditures.

The Japanese government plans to continue coronavirus emergency assistance to Myanmar through international organisations and non-governmental organisations. The World Bank, however, has stopped payments to projects in the nation indefinitely, after the coup on February 1, which disrupted the democratic elections last November and saw the arrest of top leaders including Aung San Suu Kyi, whose party, the National League for Democracy, won the elections in a landslide victory.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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8 former politicians, now behind bars for their role in protests that toppled the Yingluck Shinawatra administration and led to the 2014 military coup, are waiting for the outcome of their bail hearing. The detainees, all former members of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee, are Suthep Thaugsuban, Issara Somchai, Chumpol Julsai, the Deputy Transport Minister Thaworn Senneam, Education Minister, Nataphol Teepsuwan, the Digital Economy and Society Minister Buddhipongse Punnakanta, Suwit Thongprasert and Samdin Lertbutr.

Their legal team is being led by Sawat Charoenphon, who says he’s hopeful the court will respond favourably to the request. The 8 were jailed earlier this week, alongside 18 others for their part in street protests in 2013 and 2014 which toppled the Yingluck Shinawatra government and ended with the 2014 military coup in which Prayut Chan-o-cha was installed as PM. According to the Bangkok Post, they were found guilty on charges of insurrection, criminal association, illegal assembly, and obstructing others from casting votes.

Sawat says he has visited the 8 former PDRC members, reporting that they were all fine after their first night in Bangkok Remand Prison. They were also visited by Warong Dechgitvigrom from the Thai Pakdee Party, who reported that Suthep was constantly smiling.

Rangsima Rodrasamee, a Democrat MP for the central province of Samut Songkhram, herself a co-defendant but acquitted, says she only managed to speak to Buddhipongse and Suwit during her visit, due to the number of visitors waiting. She says Buddhipongse and Suwit appeared to be in good spirits but tired from a lack of sleep.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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